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Popovich on Duncan: ‘The Coach of Whatever he Feels Like’

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Former Spurs forward Tim Duncan made an appearance at the team’s Wednesday training camp workout, just two days after coach Gregg Popovich joked he would fine the future Hall of Famer $2,500 for each day he was absent.

But even with Duncan’s surprise appearance, his role within the organization remains a work in progress. Popovich mentioned Monday that Duncan would remain involved with the team, and joked that he’d be “the coach of whatever he feels like.” Popovich said there’s no room for Duncan on the bench during game situations, and he joked that he’s “too smart for that” anyway. Popovich was unsure whether Duncan would take part in some road trips, saying the organization “just want[s] to let it kind of morph into its own sort of thing.”

Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN

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76ers’ Joel Embiid Listed as Doubtful for Game 3 in Miami

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All-Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series against the Heat on Thursday.

The series is tied 1-1, and Embiid has missed both games.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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Cavs’ Love Suffers Torn Ligament in Thumb, Will Play in Game 3

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb in Wednesday night’s Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Despite the injury, head coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be “ready to go” in Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis. X-rays taken after the game came back negative. The Cavs won 100-97 to tie the Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-1.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Knicks to Interview Kenny Smith for Head-Coaching Job

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TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the New York Knicks’ head-coaching job on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Smith, who played from 1987 to 1997 with six NBA teams, has never coached in the NBA.

Source: ESPN

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